The mythical Grand Soleil 34 was designed by Finot in the 70’s; she remained in production until the 80’s with about 300 produced hulls. Today a new GS 34 model is under construction and the boat number 1 will be launched by the end of June 2017.
PROJECT AND CONSTRUCTION
The new GS 34 Performance was designed for IRC handicap rating in offshore race and for ORC with an optimized sail plan and appendages. The hull and deck are built in GRP sandwich using PVC foam of different densities; it consists of E-glass biaxial and unidirectional reinforcements impregnated with vinylester resin inside a female industrial mold. Hull and deck are finished in gelcoat and by request it is possible to have different hull and deck colors.
The particular geometry of the GS34 hull allows having very powerful waterlines, hard-chine, and a wide transom, which benefit sailing downwind and when heeling. The wide stern ensures great stability of form while providing a bigger space in the cockpit and inside.
The twin rudders are a suitable choice for this type of vessel and for the IRC rating system, while the tilted axes allow always an effective helming and easy sailing.
Two deck versions are planned. The standard deck plan provides a steering tiller with a main sail track adjustable through a cascade, and is located towards the stern. This choice is common for those who love offshore regattas with a reduced. The optional one provides two steering wheels with a mainsheet traveler ahead.
The mast of the Grand Soleil 34 is made of aluminum with high performance tapered profile 9/10 fractional rig, with two sweepback spreaders in order to maximize jib roach, and a 9/10 forestay. You can choose also a racing carbon mast or high modulus mast.
The Full Batten mainsail has a good aspect ratio, with an evident but not excessive Square Top with a single cascade and split backstay in deck to maneuver the mainsail easier.
The interior layout of the Grand Soleil 34 is divided in two cabins; a large portside aft cabin and an owner cabin in the bow that can be transformed into a sail locker during race. The central dinette with a large dining table and seats can be easily transformed into extra berth during race or cruising with extra guests.
You can discover more on Grand Soleil official website.